September 8th, 2018
Buffalo Convention Center
Western NY Majestic Dance Championships

Rules/Regulations: 2018 Western NY Majestic Dance Championships

September 8, 2018 at the Buffalo Convention Center

Start time 10 a.m. (dance schedule posted 1 week prior to event)

Registration Opens February 24th, 2018

Levels:

Novice: Beginner or recreational dancers. (Little or no competition experience)

Classic: Intermediate level dancers. (Limited competition experience)

Select: Advance level dancers. (Have significant competition experience)

Age Ranges:

Petite: Ages 5-7

Mini: Ages 8-10

Junior:  Ages 11-12

Teen: Ages 13-15

Senior: Ages 16-18

Entry Divisions:

Solo (3-minute time limit)

Duet/Trio (3-minute time limit)

Small Group- 4 to 9 dancers (3:30 time limit)

Large Group- 10 to 15 dancers (4-minute time limit)

Extended Large Group- up to 25 dancers (5-minute time limit)

*Additional minutes can be purchased for $5.00 per dancer, per minute

Performance Categories:

Ballet: Routines must encompass ballet technique, classical steps and movements.

Hip- Hop: Routine can combine new school and or old school techniques including break dancing.

Irish Dance: Traditional style and attire must be used.

Lyrical: Routines must incorporate balance, flexibility and control utilizing the feelings and lyrics of the chosen song.

Musical Theatre: Routine must use a Broadway or Movie Musical Song that incorporates dance, characters and or themed costumes.

Jazz: Must use proper jazz techniques.

Contemporary: Routine that uses lyrical and or jazz movements infused with modern techniques.

Modern: Interpretative dance routine using contemporary or model style.  Control, balance and extension moves should be used in routines.

Pointe: Proper toe technique must be used.

*Absolutely no tap shoes allowed, no exceptions. Dancers in tap shoes will be disqualified.

Music:

-All music must be clean versions without any profanity

-Submit all music in MP3 format

-Music submissions must be received no later than August 25, 2018.

-Music submissions must be emailed to Dance@BuffaloFitnessExpo.com

-Music must include song name and artist, dancers name and performance category.

-Absolutely NO CD’s

Registration:

Teams/Dancers may register online at: www.BuffaloFitnessExpo.com/Dance Or by mailing in their registration forms. Registration forms may be printed off online. Registration deadline is August 11, 2018. Entries received after will be charged a $50 late entry fee.  Registrations will not be accepted after August 25, 2018. Payment can be made if registering online using a major credit card. Checks and money orders are acceptable forms of payment if mailing in registrations. No cash payments will be accepted for payments mailed. No payments will be accepted the day of the competition. There is a $35.00 returned check fee. All studio entries must be submitted together or a processing fee of $10 per entry will be assessed.

Refunds: There is absolutely no refunds unless medical circumstance arise for a dancer. Doctors note must be provided.

Please Mail Registrations to and Make Checks payable to:

Buffalo Fitness Expo Inc.

80 Main Street

Silver Creek, NY 14136

Release Forms:

All studio directors or dancers that are not with a studio must electronically sign a release form to participate in the event. The release form may be signed at www.BuffaloFitnessExpo.com/Dance .  While we hold insurance at the convention center we ask every director to maintain safe conduct while at the venue. We have an EMT on staff should any emergency situations arise.

Judging:

A selected panel of highly qualified judges will judge every performance. All parents, directors and individuals agree that the method of judging shall be solely within the discretion of the directors of The Buffalo Fitness Expo and that the decisions of the judges are final. A point system of judging is used to ensure dancers receive a more accurate analysis of their performance. Score sheets will be available at the end of the competition or mailed to each respective studio at the director’s request. Comments will also be included in the point system judging format. Judges are not required to comment but will be encouraged to.

Backstage Policy:

Dancers will be provided a safe, clean and covered changing area. Due to limited space and safety of the dancers we ask that dancers, directors and the studios chosen helpers are the only people backstage. Each studio must email a list of helpers who will be backstage with them no later than August 25, 2018. There is a limit of 3 helpers per studio unless discussed prior to the event. Passes must be visibly worn for each director/helper backstage and at the Expo.

*Dancers, Directors and Dance studio helpers DO NOT pay an entry fee for the Buffalo Fitness Expo. Tickets to the competition can be purchased online at www.BuffaloFitnessExpo.com Pre-Sale Tickets are $15.00 online. Tickets at the door are $20.00 – Cash only. Your ticket includes access to all competitions and vendors at the expo. *

Performance Category Fees: Early Bird Registration cut off July 9, 2018

Solo: $90 Early Bird price, $105 Regular pricing

Duet/Trio: $65 Early Bird price, $75 Regular pricing

Small Group: $50 Early Bird price, $60 Regular pricing

Large Group: $50 Early Bird price, $60 Regular pricing

Extended Large Group: $40 Early Bird price, $50 Regular pricing

*Please note that this is cost per dancer.

Awards: Novice Level

Top Highest Score Solo $50 Cash and Prestigious Medal

Top Highest Duet/Trio Score $35 Cash and Prestigious Medal

Top Highest Small Group Score Prestigious Medal and Swag Bags

Top Highest Large Group Score Queen Size Trophy and Swag Bags

Top Highest Extended Large Group Score King Size Trophy and Swag Bags

Awards: Classic Level

Top Highest Score Solo $65 Cash and Prestigious Medal

Top Highest Duet/Trio Score $45 Cash and Prestigious Medal

Top Highest Small Group Score Prestigious Medal and $15 gift card

Top Highest Large Group Score Queen Size Trophy and $10 gift card

Top Highest Extended Large Group Score King Size Trophy, Swag bags and Dance Tanks

Awards: Select Level

Top Highest Score Solo Score $75 Cash, Trophy and Dance Tank

Top Highest Duet/Trio Score $55 Cash and Trophy

Top Highest Small Group Score $20 gift card, Prestigious Medal

Top Highest Large Group Score $10 gift card, Queen size Trophy and Swag Bags

Top Highest Extended Large Group Score King Size Trophy, Dance Tanks, Swag Bags and Pins.

*Best Costume for each Dance Level $50 Cash

*Most Photogenic $25 Cash

*Best Overall Dance Studio Score Ultimate Trophy

Photography/Recording Policy:

Dancers all agree to photography and video. The images may be posted on the expo’s website and in news publishing’s. No video recording is allowed. Flash photography is prohibited. Professional photographers and videos will be available. Information will be posted online regarding picture and video packages.

Costumes:

All costumes must be tasteful and the judges have the right to disqualify a dancer or team based on inappropriate costumes. Choreography must be tasteful and not display or reflect any “highly charged” or suggestive behaviors. Please ensure all costumes are properly fitting your dancers to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions.

This is a fun, family centered event where we expect a professional level of good sportsmanship between studios and dancers. Any negative behavior and conduct will not be tolerated. We want every dancer, parent and instructor to feel special and given the royal treatment throughout the event. We want this to be memorable, fun and exciting experience. All dancers will receive tee shirts for their appreciation in our event. Our backstage area for dancers and staff will be accommodating and safe. We will have expediters that will ensure events are on schedule and help with any questions or concerns.

For more information on the competition or becoming a vendor please email:

Dance@BuffaloFitnessExpo.com